The Story of the Twenty-First Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, During the Civil War. 1861-1865
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... force, if possible, the passage of the Chickahominy. The first attempt to be made is to crowd the rebels back as closely as we are able to the river's bank, and if it may be, to drive them across. It was past six and nearly seven before the troops were formed and in readiness, and meanwhile the pattering of the skirmish fire had been incessant, and once our skirmish line had been charged upon and pushed back. It, however, rebounded by a return thrust and established itself more securely in an advanced position. At last the dispositions are complete, and the Sixth and Eighteenth Corps leap forward simultaneously with a ringing cheer to the hot work before them. They march in line of battle through the woods, dislodging the gray-coated sharpshooters from their hiding places and emerge upon the open field. At their appearance the rebel batteries commence firing with redoubled fury and the enemy's position is fully unmasked. Rickett's division of the Sixth Corps, having the shortest distance to traverse, was soonest engaged. With the utmost energy they rushed across the clearing, and striking the rebel works like a whirlwind, swept over them in a headlong burst, before the enemy could deliver a second volley. While the Confederates were in the act of reloading their pieces, the line of hostile bayonets appeared at their throats and half a brigade were captured, disarmed, and hastened back to our rear. The residue ol the rebel defenders in front of Ricketts took to their heels and disappeared among the reserves beyond. Russell's division, which moved directly up the road in front of the tavern, was met with a most withering fire from front and flank, and the whole plain seemed wrapped in a sheet of flame. Yet they staggered on close up to the...
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